When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Already a subscriber? Log in .

You've reached your limit of one free article.

Get unlimited access to Worldcrunch

You can cancel anytime .


Exclusive International news coverage

Ad-free experience NEW

Weekly digital Magazine NEW

9 daily & weekly Newsletters

Access to Worldcrunch archives

Free trial

30-days free access, then $2.90
per month.

Annual Access BEST VALUE

$19.90 per year, save $14.90 compared to monthly billing.save $14.90.

Subscribe to Worldcrunch
In The News

COVID Spikes In EU, Bulgaria Bus Crash, Uber Weed

COVID Spikes In EU, Bulgaria Bus Crash, Uber Weed

Students attend their first day of school after months without face-to-face classes in Iran

Jane Herbelin, Bertrand Hauger and Anne-Sophie Goninet

👋 Tere!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where EU countries face a sharp rise in COVID cases and conflict, at least 25 die in a Bulgarian bus crash, and Uber starts delivering weed. Bogota-based daily El Espectador takes us through the return of gang violence taking over the streets of Medellín, Colombia, which became notorious during the 1970s thanks to drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.



This is our daily newsletter Worldcrunch Today, a rapid tour of the news of the day from the world's best journalism sources, regardless of language or geography.

It's easy (and free!) to sign up to receive it each day in your inbox: 👉 Sign up here


• COVID warnings for Europe: Infection rates have risen sharply across Europe, prompting warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO). The Czech Republic and Slovakia barred unvaccinated people from pubs, hotels, hairdressers and most public events after a high surge of COVID-19 cases filled hospital intensive-care wards. The central European neighbors both followed Austria's suit, which initially set restrictions on unvaccinated people but has now returned to a full national lockdown. New restrictions have sparked protests across Europe. Riots broke out in cities across the Netherlands for the third night in a row.

• Wisconsin parade driver to be charged with homicide: Authorities in Wisconsin will seek to charge the driver who ploughed into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

• Sudanese ministers resign over deal with military: Twelve cabinet ministers, including the foreign minister, submitted their resignation to newly reinstated Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, in protest against a political agreement with the military council.

• Ex-military dictator in South Korea dies at 90: South Korea's most vilified former military dictator, Chun Doo-hwan, who seized power in a coup, ruled his country with an iron fist for most of the 1980s, has died at home, at the age of 90, his former press aide said.

• Bus crash in Bulgaria: At least 45 people, including 12 children, have died after a bus carrying mostly North Macedonian tourists crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria, officials say. It is the most deadly bus accident in the Balkan country's history.

• Hong Kong: pro-democracy activist sentenced under security law: Hong Kong has sentenced a student activist to three years and seven months in prison for secession and money laundering. Tony Chung, 20, is the third and the youngest person, convicted under the security law being used to criminalize speech and muzzle dissent. Beijing imposed this law on Hong Kong in June 2020, prompted by the city's 2019 pro-democracy protests that led to the mass arrests of opposition activists and politicians.

• Uber Eats to sell cannabis to customers in Canada: Taxi-hailing app Uber will allow people in Ontario to place orders for cannabis on its Uber Eats app, and to be picked up within an hour, marking an official foray into the booming business.


Brazilian daily O Dia reports on the discovery of at least eight bodies by residents of a slum outside of Rio de Janeiro, following a violent gun battle during a police operation. The bodies had been thrown into a swamp, with some showing signs of torture. State police said clashes first erupted when a police sergeant on patrol was killed in an attack.



Right-wing Dutch politician and prominent anti-vaxxer Thierry Baudet has been caught repeatedly sharing disinformation over the years on social media. Yesterday, Baudet got a taste of his own medicine when a comedian sent a satirical tweet using the hashtag #ThierryIsGevacineerd (#ThierryIsVaccinated). As more and more people reacted and shared the post, including other comedians, celebrities, and politicians, Baudet tweeted in response, "Our party is the ONLY one that strongly advises against getting injected with this experimental gene therapy. Of course I did NOT take a vaccine!"


Not safe for Netflix, Medellín is back to its bad old ways

A dramatic, cinematic-like bid to rob a gold depot in the iconic Colombian city associated with Colombia's most violent drug cartels is just the latest sign that the city is back to its old system of crime and no punishment, writes Reinaldo Spitaletta in Bogota-based daily El Espectador.

💥📲 The footage looks like a crime series filmed on location in Medellín, yet it was anything but fiction. Earlier this month, around 30 armed and hooded criminals tried to mount an assault on a gold foundry in the Colombian city's El Poblado district. Their masks, motorbikes and dump truck were all indications of how dangerous Medellín has become — and reminiscent of how unsafe it used to be. Bystanders were brazenly filming it all, shouting admiration or surprise. Unbothered by the background noise of gunfire, their reactions were proof of how commonplace such incidents have become.

📺 While the spectacle became fodder for entertainment, it was far from the city's craziest heist. In the 1970s — that decade of historical events, hippies, economic parasites and free love — another gang of thieves hit the "industrial city" of Colombia. They went by the distinguished name of La Pesada ("the weighty one") and their principle was better to rob a bank than establish one. And of course there was perhaps the most iconic drug kingpin of the 20th century, Pablo Escobar, (a favorite subject of Netflix).

🚨 "Movie-like" incidents (as this kerfuffle was called) often indicate when a city is a den for criminals who control much of its territory. In many districts, as residents will tell you, "the law of the land" is very different from what is written in legal books. None of this is new in Medellín; the criminal presence here is both disturbing and endemic. Jokes and memes aside, the authorities must adopt responsible and effective positions. The city needs more than police intervention.

➡️ Read more on Worldcrunch.com


There are those who don't (get vaccinated) because of ideology, for irrational reasons: as if a dictatorship were trying to demolish our free will.

— In highly unusual public remarks, Angela Merkel's husband, the acclaimed scientist Joachim Sauer, has lashed out at his fellow Germans who have refused to get vaccinated. "It disturbs me greatly, more than anything else, that one-third of the German population are not open to the successes of science," he said in an interview published Tuesday in Italian daily La Stampa.

➡️ Read the full story in Worldcrunch.com

✍️ Newsletter by Jane Herbelin, Bertrand Hauger and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Receive Worldcrunch Today each day in your inbox: 👉 Sign up here   

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.


Influencer Union? The Next Labor Rights Battle May Be For Social Media Creators

With the end of the Hollywood writers and actors strikes, the creator economy is the next frontier for organized labor.

​photograph of a smartphone on a selfie stick

Smartphone on a selfie stick

Steve Gale/Unsplash
David Craig and Stuart Cunningham

Hollywood writers and actors recently proved that they could go toe-to-toe with powerful media conglomerates. After going on strike in the summer of 2023, they secured better pay, more transparency from streaming services and safeguards from having their work exploited or replaced by artificial intelligence.

But the future of entertainment extends well beyond Hollywood. Social media creators – otherwise known as influencers, YouTubers, TikTokers, vloggers and live streamers – entertain and inform a vast portion of the planet.

✉️ You can receive our Bon Vivant selection of fresh reads on international culture, food & travel directly in your inbox. Subscribe here.

For the past decade, we’ve mapped the contours and dimensions of the global social media entertainment industry. Unlike their Hollywood counterparts, these creators struggle to be seen as entertainers worthy of basic labor protections.

Keep reading...Show less

The latest